Google buys Meebo to help social networking push

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is buying Silicon Valley startup Meebo to help expand its social networking service.The acquisition announced Monday will bring more tools to Google Plus, an alternative to Facebook Inc.'s popular online hangout. Meebo started as a system for connecting people by instant message but has since built other communication features used by an audience of about 100 million Web people in the U.S.

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